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Asteroids is a conversion of the arcade game of the same name. Play the role of a spaceship pilot trapped in a gigantic asteroid cloud and pulverize incoming asteroids with the ship's photon cannon. When all asteroids are destroyed, the player can then move on to the next round. In addition to the asteroids, the player will also face an Alien Robot Saucer which shoots randomly across the screen. The player using the controller may rotate the ship (left or right) to any direction or move the ship forward. Shots will be fired according to the ship direction. The player has three reserved ships available to replace a destroyed spaceship. The spaceship is destroyed if an asteroid collides with the spaceship or is shot by an Alien Robot Saucer. Additionally, the player may opt to use the hyperspace warp to avoid collision. The warp however, may also destroy the spaceship in the process. Asteroids when shot will break-up into smaller pieces or be destroyed. There are three types of asteroids: large asteroids, medium asteroids, and small asteroids. Large asteroids and medium asteroids when shot, will break-up into two smaller sized asteroids. Small asteroids when shot will be destroyed. Alien Robot Saucers come in two sizes: small and large. Both use photon lasers to shoot and will explode when destroyed. Alien Robot Saucers will not appear at the Novice Level.
September 12, 2018 Subject:
One of the best home versions of Asteroids I've ever seen
Despite the lack of vector graphics (which I don't think you'll miss because the raster graphics are so gorgeous), Atari 7800 Asteroids is very faithful to the arcade classic. The asteroids move in much the same patterns as the original and overall the gameplay is much more accurate when compared to the 2600 version (which I also really like but for different reasons).
May 12, 2018 Subject:
One of the best ports
Does not have the glow of the arcade but how could you via emulation? Super dope.
July 3, 2017 Subject:
Improved graphics over 2600
The USB gamepad works to emulate the old two button joystick: fire, hyperspace jump, rotate left/right, and thrust.
The colors and graphics are improved when compared to the Atari 2600 version and the original arcade vector graphics monochrome version.
Fun and doesn't cost $0.25 per play no more.
Reviewer:The mane cat
December 28, 2013 Subject:
As much fun as ever
Start with the novice and get to know the controls. I eventually scored over 3,000 points. A lot of fun when you get going.